Enforcement and Inspection
As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.
Free Special Report: What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection
Yesterday, we looked at the changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) reporting requirements that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. But that’s not the only change OSHA has recently made that will affect its enforcement efforts—and not all of the changes have been announced in a press release.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has changed its rules about when employers must report a work-related injury directly to the agency, and it has also updated its list of industries that are categorically exempt from injury and illness recordkeeping. The new rule was published in September and goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
Yesterday, we looked at the two categories of defenses an employer can use in contesting an OSHA citation. Today, we’ll look at three common affirmative defenses that employers can use to argue that, even though a violation occurred, the employer is not responsible.
Despite your best efforts, there’s probably something in your workplace right now that an OSHA inspector could cite. Maybe it was lower on your list of priorities, or maybe it was just something that you had missed—but the important thing, once it’s cited, is to get it taken care of quickly. Always move a cited issue to the top of your to-do list. If you don’t, you run the risk of being cited again for the same violation.